Foster Introduces Undersung Pioneers to the Public

Energized by a love of “anonymous architecture” – and unfazed by the New York Public Library’s recent decision to return his firm’s redesign of the 42nd Street main library to the drawing board – Norman Foster, Hon. FAIA (also known, since his elevation to the peerage in 1999, as Lord Foster of Thames Bank), gave an overflow audience a persuasive manifesto in the guise of a set of personal recollections. His discussion combined an homage to the structural-tile wizards Rafael Guastavino Sr. and Jr. – treasured among architects, particularly those familiar with the scholarship of MIT’s self-described “Guastafarian” John Ochsendorf, but largely unknown outside this community – with a broader salute to some of his design heroes. These often-under-recognized figures in architecture, engineering, and product design have inspired Foster’s work, from his working-class boyhood in Manchester, before he was even aware the profession of architecture existed, to his current position among its globally recognized leaders. Together with Foster + Partners engineer Roger Ridsdill Smith, who elaborated on the remarkably energy- and materially-efficient properties of shells and related double-curved forms, Foster made a convincing case for the combined functionality and beauty of geometries that “do more with less.” Continue reading “Foster Introduces Undersung Pioneers to the Public”

In the News

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In this issue:
– Ciao Bella Sophia
– Memorial Museum Embraces Memory, Authenticity, Scale, and Emotion
– Stadium Scores a Goal
– A Cure for Fair Fatigue
– Central Harlem’s Sweet Adeline Continue reading “In the News”

Names in the News

The finalists of the Passive House 2014 award include Artist Studio by Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects (Office and Special Use Buildings), and Tighthouse by Fabrica718 with Studio Cicetti Architecture (Retrofits)…  Autodesk has named Microsol Resources 2014 Americas Partner of the Year…NYC-based Daniel Markiewicz and Mark Talbot received second place for their design “Car and Shell: or Marinetti’s Monster” in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper competition… Continue reading “Names in the News”